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  • Locations: Alicante, Spain
  • Program Terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester
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The Universidad de Alicante (UA) was established in 1979 and the main campus is located in San Vicente, bordering the city of Alicante to the north. UA offers courses in more than fifty degrees. Almost all courses are taught in Spanish, although some are in English, in particular computer science and business.
Due to the continued impact of COVID-19, applicants should be aware that changes to academic calendars may occur with little or no notice. Students are encouraged to either wait to book travel or book travel that allows for changes with no financial penalty. 
Applicants should also be aware that processing of visas may be impacted or halted by specific countries. Failure to secure the necessary visa may result in inability to participate in this program. 
Participants on this program may be required to self-quarantine prior to the start of their program for a specified period of time. Students are responsible for arranging (logistics and financial) their travel appropriately to ensure self-quarantine is completed prior to the start of the program.

UA has a modern campus of one square kilometer. The area was a former airfield. The university hosts Bibiloteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes, the largest open-access repository of digitized Spanish-language historical texts and literature from the Ibero-American world.
Academic Areas:

Exchange students can study the following areas, offered in Spanish:
Arts & Humanities Health Sciences Social & Legal Sciences
Engineering & Architecture Sciences  
Degree courses taught in English are offered in the following: 
Arts & Humanities Engineering & Architecture Sciences
Education Health Sciences Social & Legal Sciences
Prerequisites: Intermediate level of Spanish

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Spanish Language course: UA offers a language course to exchange students. The Spanish Language course lasts 60 hours and is worth 6 ECTS. There is a 50€ payment that covers all course materials: textbook, workbook, readings and access to an online platform.
Grading Scale:
Scale Grade Description U.S. Grade Equivalent
  Matricula de Honor (With Honors) A
9-10 Sobresaliente (Outstanding) A
8-8.9   A-
7-7.9 Notable (Notable) B+
6-6.9   B
5.5-5.9 Aprobado (Pass) B-
5-5.4   C
4-4.9 Suspenso (Failure) F
Alicante Credit Equivalency:
1 ECTS Credit =  .5 UM credits

Program Dates:

First Semester/Fall: September to January (Exams take place during the month of January)
**Fall exams cannot be rescheduled, so students that plan to study for only one semester at UA should plan to attend during Spring **

Second Semester/Spring: January to May (Exams take place late May-Mid June)


Students can see accommodation services through the university, whose options include Shared Flats, Homestay and University Halls of Residence.

Required Health Coverage:

Health insurance coverage is necessary for all students in Spain but more so for international students, who apply for a student visa, as you will be asked to provide this during the visa application process.
Passport Requirements:

In order to go abroad, you must have a valid passport that will not expire during your time abroad or within 6 months upon your return.
Visa Requirements:
It is up to you to consult the Embassy of Spain in your country of origin to determine your visa requirements. 
An official letter of acceptance from your host institution is required to apply for your student visa. You must wait until within 90 days of your start date to apply.
Next Steps:

Serious applicants should plan to submit a complete, well thought out, and comprehensive application. In the required essay, please focus on sharing your academic, personal and professional goals?and how admission to Alicante will help you achieve them.
Students who submit a complete application by the deadline will be granted an interview. Qualified candidates will be nominated to Alicante, however Alicante will make the final admission decision. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
Participation in the program cannot be guaranteed as there may be a limit on the number of students we can send to Alicante in a particular semester. Please ensure that you think critically about your second choice option when completing this portion of your online application.

Helpful Facts: 
Currency The currency in Spain is the euro, the same as in other European Union countries.
The euro is divided into 100 cents.
• There are eight different coins: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents, and 1 and 2 euros.
• There are seven different bank notes, for the following amounts: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 euros.
Language Spanish is spoken all over the Spanish territory. However other languages are also spoken in certain areas of Spain. These are: Catalan, in Catalonia; Galician, in Galicia; Euskera/Basque, in the Basque Country; Valencian, in the Region of Valencia; and a particular variety of Catalan, spoken in the Balearic Islands.
Airport Alicante-Elche Airport
Located about 9km southwest of Alicante, it is the 5th busiest airport in Spain  
Weather Alicante enjoys mild winter temperatures, hot summers and little rain. September and October are the wettest months. Alicante enjoys some of the warmest winter daytime temperatures in mainland Europe and the climate is very similar to that of Los Angeles, California.